- NEWS: AIDING SYRIA’S DISPLACED
- PRAYER: WORLD HUMANITARIAN DAY
- MEDIA: SERRV VIDEO
- RESOURCE: REFUGEE MINISTRY GRANTS AVAILABLE
NEWS: AIDING SYRIA’S DISPLACED
More and more Syrian people throughout their country are abandoning their homes as combat between the government and its opponents takes over the streets. It is reliably estimated that 1 in 20 Syrians is now internally displaced, roughly 1.5 million people. And the flow to neighboring countries shows no sign of diminishing.
UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, is relying upon locally active humanitarian partners to channel the badly needed assistance as effectively as possible. Notable among these partners is the Turkey-based Muslim aid agency International Blue Crescent (IBC). IBC, in turn, collaborates closely with Syria’s own Arab Red Crescent organization.
UMCOR also partners with International Orthodox Christian Charities, which not only relates to the Red Crescent and the Syrian relief group, Al–Nadah Association, but also links closely to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East (GOPA), which caters to Syria’s minorities.
UMCOR’s support is helping to bring food and other necessary items such as hygiene kits, bedding, and infants’ supplies to displaced families flooding in from the provinces. Read more.
Your gift to International Disaster Relief, UMCOR Advance #982450 will help to sustain families fleeing the violence of Syria, and others in such need.
PRAYER: WORLD HUMANITARIAN DAY
August 19 marks World Humanitarian Day, a day set aside to bring awareness to human needs in the world and those who strive to meet them. Pray for humanitarians worldwide who seek to alleviate suffering—often at great personal cost.
We especially ask you to pray for those who are working tirelessly to bring relief in the midst of relentless rain and flooding in the Philippines and to survivors of last weekend’s earthquake in Iran.
MEDIA: SERRV VIDEO
Basket weaving is becoming a way of life for the women of Jyambere, a women-owned cooperative in Rwanda. With the help of SERRV, a new UMCOR fair-trade partner working to eradicate poverty through its connections with low-income artisans and farmers around the world, the women of Jyambere now make baskets for sale to a much wider market that is providing a fair, sustainable income.
Watch this new UMCOR video to learn more about SERRV and how your church can be a partner in mission though a SERRV consignment program.
RESOURCE: REFUGEE MINISTRY GRANTS AVAILABLE
Is your church or conference engaged in ministry with refugees and immigrants? If so, you may qualify for a Refugee Ministry Grant. Requests up to $5,000 are being considered for 2013. Grant applications are due September 14, 2012 for the next fiscal year. Download information and an application today.
UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR's ministries, please visit umcor.org. You can donate to any project by placing a contribution in the offering plate at a local United Methodist church; by sending a check to UMCOR, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087-9068; or by calling 1-800-554-8583, where credit card donations are accepted. You can also give online by clicking any of the "DONATE" links or make a $10 donation anytime by texting “UMCOR” to 80888. UMCOR is exempt from tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States and qualifies for the maximum charitable contribution deduction by donors.
And, please pray for those who are hungry, displaced, sick or in poverty because of these and other natural and human-made disasters, and for the workers who minister to them.
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United Methodist Committee on Relief
General Board of Global Ministries, The United Methodist Church
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